Ultimate Cheesecake

Recipe from

Southern Living

Ingredients

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
7 large eggs
4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
Garnish: strawberry halves

Preparation

Stir together first 3 ingredients; press into bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 10-inch springform pan. Chill 1 hour.

Beat eggs at medium speed with an electric mixer. Add cream cheese; beat until blended. Gradually add 1 3/4 cups sugar, beating well. Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Pour batter into chilled crust.

Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 425°.

Stir together sour cream, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon vanilla; spread over cheesecake.

Bake at 425° for 5 to 7 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Cover and chill at least 10 hours. Remove sides of pan. Serve with Apricot Glaze, and garnish, if desired.

Diana Hill, Arcadia, Florida,

Southern Living

November 1998
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